December 6: This day marks the anniversary of the murders of 14 young women at L’Ecole Polytechnique de Montreal in 1989. They died because they were women.
This day raises awareness of how some women and girls face violence on a daily basis. It reminds us, as a society, to consider how we can eliminate all forms of violence against women and girls.
What is LAO doing?
After doing a series of consultations from September 2015 to January 2016, LAO is developing a Domestic Violence Strategy based on feedback.
- Held 23 public consultations attended by 300 participants
- Held 15 invite-only consultations with over 100 participants with individual organization/community groups
- Received 20 written submissions
What have we heard?
A snapshot of what we’ve heard from domestic violence survivors, community partners, advocacy groups, lawyers and legal clinics include:
- LAO needs to train lawyers about:
- The impact of domestic violence on survivors and children
- The various types of domestic abuse
- Intersecting legal needs
- Risk factors
- Safety planning
- Parental alienation
- Easier ways for domestic violence clients to find a lawyer who understand the impact of domestic violence
- Potentially having LAO staff providing services directly at shelters and other community service locations
- More access to information about the family court process, what to expect from a lawyer, and other support services
LAO will be unveiling a plan that enhances the way we help people experiencing domestic violence.
More information is available at: http://legalaid.on.ca/DVS